Dycus taking over WCMS football program
Posted By Sparta Live | June 3, 2008 12:00 am
Luke Dycus wore the maroon and gray as a three-sport athlete during his teenage years and now, he is adding another title to his maroon and gray coaching resume.
Dycus, who has been an assistant for the White County Middle School football program since returning to White County a few years ago, has been promoted to head coach at the school taking over for Chris Mullins, who is stepping down from coaching football. Dycus will take on those duties in addition to being the seventh grade boys’ basketball coach.
Dycus, a 1985 graduate of White County High School, is one of the leading receivers in Warrior football history having caught 79 passes for 1,659 yards and 14 touchdowns. Dycus was a sophomore on the 1982 Warriors, which is the last to win a district/region title. He also played basketball and baseball for the Warriors. After graduation, Dycus signed a scholarship to play football for UT-Martin. While at Martin, Dycus was injured and wound up transferring back to Tennessee Tech. He played there for a couple of seasons before the nagging injury caused him to give up the sport.
After graduating from college, Dycus has coached both football and basketball at the high school level.
Dycus commented, “I’m very excited to be the head coach of the middle school football team. Being from Sparta, having played football at both the middle school and high school and having family ties here, this is a great opportunity for me. I’m just glad to be able to have a chance to be here and work with the program. Once you’re maroon and gray, it’s hard to leave and stay away too long. At least it was for me. When I was coaching in Myrtle Beach, I once wrote a letter back home telling that every day that I want on the football field out there, I thought about my days at White County High School and Junior High. I just love being a part of White County athletics. I’ve been a lot of places and coached at a lot of places, but all those experiences have made me appreciate White County, the school system and the athletic program. It’s easy to sit back and bash things, but trust me, this is a great place to grow up and work.”
WCMS athletic director Bryan Haley commented on Dycus becoming head coach.
“We talked to Coach Kerr (WCHS football head coach),” Haley said. “Since we’re the feeder program for the high school, we felt it was necessary to be in constant contact with the high school. Coach Dycus was born and raised in White County, played middle school and high school football in Sparta and went on to play college football. He ventured out and done some coaching and teaching away and made his way back to Sparta. As far as knowing the system and being familiar with the people, we feel like he is a good choice for the job. He understands the needs of the program and is willing to work with the high school program.”
One of the first things Dycus hopes to get started with is getting more kids out.
“We ended spring practice with 23 kids,” said Dycus. We need more out there. We will start things back up on July 28th and give out gear. I will also meet with the parents. I am hoping to get more kids out there interested in playing.”
He further added, “As far as goals, first and foremost, I want to teach fundamentals. Another thing that is important to me is I want to work closely with the high school. I want us to teach what the high school does. A true feeder program is going to do things at the middle school level to get the kids ready for the high school team. That’s what our job is to feed fundamentally sound kids to the high school. When our kids go across the street, we want those coaches to get kids that already understand the program. The better our working relationship is with the high school, the better the program is going to be and that’s what it’s all about. People of White County love their basketball, but they love their football too. It’s obvious in our Hall of Fame.”
Dycus will be assisted by Brent Farley and Steve Wilson. Wilson was the longtime baseball coach at the high school and is currently the assistant. He has also coached football in the past. Farley helped with football last year. He and Dycus were high school teammates.
“I’m excited about having these two guys help me,” said Dycus. “Both are WCHS graduates. Steve Wilson brings a lot to the program. He’s a long-time coach. He will coach special teams and help me with offense. Brent Farley is going to be the defensive coordinator.”
Dycus concluded by saying, “I’m just thankful for the opportunity. I love being at White County Middle School and working with the administration. I also want to thank Chris Mullins. He did a good job with the team and I enjoyed working with him. He worked hard for the program and he was instrumental in me getting this job.”
The Luke Dycus era of middle school football officially begins on July 28th.